Fixating on China’s errors will not help us tackle Covid-19

Playing the blame game is both unhelpful and dangerous at a time when the priority should be a coordinated global response to the coronavirus

World leaders at a Nato summit in Britain in December. US President Donald Trump has accused the World Health Organisation of not holding China to account. Picture: PA

As the Covid-19 crisis roars on, so have debates about China’s role in it. Based on what is known, it is clear that some Chinese officials made a major error in late December and early January, when they tried to prevent disclosures of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, even silencing healthcare workers who tried to sound the alarm. China’s leaders will have to live with these mistakes, even if they succeed in resolving the crisis ...